The great Carol Swain is back with a new solo graphic novel due out in August. Gast is her longest story to date and continues the body of work that led Time Out to dub her "the Raymond Carver of British comics."
In our downloadable excerpt, which consists of 3 brief chapters, a young woman in the Welsh countryside observes swallows building a nest in the eaves of a barn and returns home for dinner, where she learns of the suicide of a "rare bird" at a neighboring farm. Being an avid birdwatcher, she makes plans to investigate the mystery.
It may be Spring but we have Autumn holidays on the mind, as we're putting the final touches on two new seasonal Peanuts gift books. Waiting for the Great Pumpkin presents some of Linus's greatest Halloween hopes and humiliations in the ol' pumpkin patch, and Snoopy's Thanksgiving finds everyone's favorite beagle and his feathered pal Woodstock facing the holiday with different degrees of disappointment and dread. Both books are comprised of classic strips by Charles M. Schulz in spiffy little square hardcovers. Look for Great Pumpkin in stores in September and Thanksgiving in October, or just pre-order now so you don't have to worry about forgetting!
In August we'll be bringing you Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako, and in the new volume of the beloved manga series about teens finding their place on the gender spectrum (and their friends, families, teachers and mentors), the story picks right up where Vol. 6 left off.
Our downloadable preview consists of the full first chapter, "How Mako Feels" — down in the dumps and having a crisis of confidence, is how! Poor kid got shook up by being in the spotlight as Juliet in the class play. The teachers are a little shaken up too, since the school principal was a bit put off by all the cross-dressing.
Joyce Farmer's acclaimed, award-winning 2010 graphic memoir Special Exits comes to paperback this Summer. Farmer, whose expressive, detailed linework and humane storytelling was a founding staple of feminist underground comix anthologies in the 1970s, spent over a decade crafting this heartbreaking, touching, funny, and unflinching story of caring for elderly parents.
In our downloadable excerpt, you'll meet octogenarians Lars and Rachel. Farmer creates a finely observed and fully realized portrait of her parents, introducing you to their day-to-day activities and infirmities: visits from daughter Laura (Farmer's stand-in), headaches, grocery shopping, backaches, home repair, hobbies, reminiscing, and a fall in the bathtub.
Here we go! We've overcome some hurdles that knocked it down the schedule a bit, but Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun, the first volume in the Don Rosa Library, is now on track for release in early Fall. We're pleased to unveil the official final cover art for the first time! Rosa's take on the Disney Ducks is jam-packed with action and detail, clever plotting, and laughs for all ages.
Demand for this series is high, and we'll do our best to print enough for everybody, but you still might want to get your pre-order in early to secure your copy!
As more and more people discover the certified Genius of Jim Woodring through his recent Frank graphic novels, a vital and revealing portion of his work has been unavailable for years, until now. Jim presents the "autojournal" material previously collected the now-obsolete The Book of Jim along with new and previously uncollected material in a definitive new hardcover package scheduled to arrive in July.
In our downloadable excerpt you'll find a sampling of contents including: Jim comic cover art; the Table of Contents; a couple of fake ads; a handwritten text piece; some unsettling charcoal drawings; a tale of Big Red the cat; a portion of one of Jim's beguiling dream comics; and two pages of "Pulque" in full color. Warning: may cause swelling in your eyeballs and tingling at the base of your skull. Pre-sale is on now!
Now on (and hanging off the edge of) our desks: advance copies of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954! Yet another oversized hardcover to immerse you in Val's colorful, dramatic, funny, cleverly plotted and beautifully illustrated world. It's hard to believe we've reached the halfway point of Foster's solo-billed run on the strip... but it's true!
Astute followers of our updates will recall that advance copies mean the book is about 2 months from being available and know that more previews are in store, and savvy consumers know that early pre-orders mean you get the book sooner than it's available in stores, in most cases. And don't forget, for a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!
We just sent the files off to the printer for Dash Shaw's new graphic novel Doctors, so now's a good time to show you the elegant all-new cover design by our capable newbie Keeli McCarthy. (If you liked the old version with the can-can line of doctors, don't worry, that artwork is inside the book now.) A heady sci-fi tale that explores the human impact and ethical implications of advanced technology on an intimate level, in the vein of movies like Primer or Moon, Doctors posits a neurological afterlife and a machine that exploits it to revive the dead.
The first copies of the book will be available in September, and we will almost certainly have it in stock at SPX. To get your copy stat, pre-order today!
Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.
Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.
“The first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf's DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it's like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn't be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”
Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s "eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”
Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.
WUVABLE OAF By Ed Luce March 2015 • $29.99 Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8 264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color
Coming in August, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s is what it says in the title and more. After a foreword by director William Friedkin and author Mark Fertig's introduction, this oversized coffee-table book presents pristinely restored vintage poster art in lush full color -- magnificent examples of mid-century design and illustration -- followed by Fertig's commentary on all 101 films. The whole show features cinematography -- art direction, that is -- by the estimable Jacob Covey. We'll have some interior sneak peeks for you in a week or two, and the book is up for pre-sale now, sweetheart.
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